Browsing: Festivals

Channel24’s Rozanne Els attended the screening of the South African short film slate at the African Film Festival in New York. New York – From stories about contemporary dance in South Africa to deeply moving and tragic tales about love, resentment, anger, and redemption – this year’s South African short film slate at the African Film Festival in New York (NYAFF) entrenched itself in history. The same is true of South African actor Atandwa Kani’s performance as Philemon in The Suit, one of the five short films to be showcased this year. Kani, speaking to a packed theatre at the Brooklyn Academy…

Where Cannes 2018 was light on red-carpet celebrities, the Official Selection offered many stars in the form of potential foreign-language award contenders. Each country has its own arcane rules for submitting films for the Foreign Language Oscar, but distributors scrambled to scoop up available titles and hope for the best. Cate Blanchett’s jury had plenty of strong auteurs to assess, from Best Director Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow-up to Oscar-winner “Ida,” the bittersweet period romance “Cold War” (Amazon Studios), starring incandescent breakout Joanna Kulig, and Kazakhstan’s “Ayka,” which won an acting award for Samal Yesyamova, to two poverty-row melodramas, Hirozaku Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters”…

Ali Abbasi’s genre-bending Nordic puzzler “Border” won the top prize in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard competition. It emerged victorious in a varied international field of 18 titles from newcomers and established festival favorites alike, with Sergei Loznitsa’s “Donbass,” Meryem Benm’Barek’s “Sofia,” João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora’s “The Dead and the Others” and Lukas Dhont’s “Girl” completing the list of prizewinners. https://youtu.be/an6ABIC5EK0 The second feature by Iranian-born, Danish-based Abbasi, the classification-defying film — based on a short story by “Let the Right One In” author John Ajvide Lindqvist — centres on a Swedish customs officer with an uncanny sense…

As the French film festival reaches its end, Helen Barlow looks at this year’s hits, misses and talking points. 1. Cannes has a new king The king of the festival is surely Spike Lee. With BlacKkKlansman the outspoken filmmaker hit both nails on the head by delivering a film that couldn’t be more timely in its treatment of African American rights and of human rights in general, Lee stresses. The 61-year-old director explains how he had the blessing of the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, to include footage of her daughter being run down by a man during the white nationalist…

Tonight, Thursday April 26th SEEfest celebrates the opening night of its 13th edition at Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6 PM and after the red carpet, screening of the opening night film HAWAII, a Romanian film directed by Jesús del Cerro starts at 7 PM. The opening gala will continue with a reception after screening of the film. https://vimeo.com/262390626 HAWAII. Suspense mounts after Andrei and his father Vasile receive news of an inheritance that communist Romania won’t let them claim. As they try to get travel documents to go to Yugoslavia, a cat and mouse game ensues with…

The seventh annual Montclair Film Festival — so close we can smell the popcorn — includes discussions with actors Rachel Weisz, Jeff Daniels and Ethan Hawke, all moderated by Stephen Colbert; a discussion with actor Nick Offerman moderated by Patrick Wilson; post-screening Q&A’s with actress Claire Danes and director Paul Schrader; and a performance by larger-than-life creative hyphenate Taylor Mac. Many of the films featured this year challenge viewers to consider what they have in common with individuals whose narratives differ, sometimes wildly, from their own. Documentaries include Far from the Tree, an adaptation of the bestselling book by Andrew Solomon about parents…

No Spain’s 18th International De Cine, Las Palmas has announced the festival’s award winners: The Chinese film Xiao Gua Fu Cheng Xian Ji (The Widowed Witch), by Cai Chengjie, receives the Silver Lady Harimaguada; its director, the José Rivero Award for Best New Director and its actress,Tian Tian, the Best Actress Award The Iranian film No Date, No Signature, by Vahid Jalilvand, wins the Audience Award and Navid Mohammadzadeh, its leading actor, the Best Actor Award The co-production Mi amado, las montañas, by Alberto Martín Menacho receives the Best Short Film Award The 18th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International…

Besides the Oscars, the Cannes lineup announcement probably most feels like Christmastime for cinephiles everywhere. When festival director Thierry Frémaux finally reveals (usually at a painfully deliberate pace) the names of his guests at the most A-list of all festivals, you get – in one go – a pretty solid idea of what the best of world cinema has to offer for the rest of the year. Naturally it’s a moment as fraught with suspense as it is genuinely exciting. And so, before we learn who made the cut at #Cannes71 on April 12, let’s indulge in a little game…

Two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s psychological thriller “Everybody Knows,” starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin, is set to open the 71st Cannes Film Festival, Variety has learned. “Everybody Knows” (“Todos Lo Saben”) will mark only the second Spanish-language film to open Cannes, following Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education,” which kicked off the festival in 2004. It is also one of the few openers in recent memory not in either English or French. The festival will likely make an official announcement about the selection of “Everybody Knows” as the opening night film either later Wednesday or in the coming days.…

SEEfest, South East European Film Festival LA, is an important film festival for fans of international cinema. SEEfest growth over the last 13th years is just amazing and Vera Mijojlic, Founder and Director of the festival has managed to transform it from a small event to a major local film festival. To learn more about the upcoming SEEfest we had a video interview with Vera Mijojlic. https://vimeo.com/263033128 2018 SEEfest with the theme of “Passport to Trieste,” runs for 8 days from April 26 to May 3rd. SEEfest 13th will include film screenings, gala opening and closing events, international speakers, Q&A…

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